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2017 Predictions For IoT And Smart Homes
A great deal of research has been compiled over the last few years presenting the Internet of Things (IoT) as the next big industry- and life-changing technology — and it is.

Market research firm IDC predicts that the IoT market will reach $7 billion in 2020, while research firm Gartner predicts that 20.8 billion connected things will be in use in 2020, up from 6.4 billion in 2016.

While designers, builders, and homeowners alike are deploying IoT products and systems today, this is only the beginning, and the growth trajectory for the Internet of Things is nothing short of stellar. Here are several IoT trends to watch for throughout 2017 and beyond.
2017 IoT Predictions
The “Edge” will become a huge growth market. Every time an IoT device – be it camera, refrigerator, or lighting system – does its job, it creates real-time data that needs to be processed and analyzed before heading to the Internet. That moment of processing exists in the “edge” between the device and going live on the Internet, and there is a massive opportunity for those who will be doing that processing.1
Home Tech will become easier to use, smarter and more secure. Quite simply, the technologies that build the IoT will continue to get better and make things simpler, efficient and safer.2
Smart technology will transform the way we shop. Technology won’t just change the way we live, but will also change the way we shop as the IoT enters the massive retail space. Futurists are already imaging ways in which stores will be able to analyze products, people and productivity in real time to enhance the shopping experience.1
Streaming will rule home entertainment. The content age is here, and IoT advancements will continue to move the delivery of this content off old mediums and onto streaming networks.2
IoT and wearables create a higher level of personalization. Wearable devices will become important participants in the IoT environment by integrating and interacting with the rest of your IoT network.1
Voice control and network management will be essential. Voice controlled systems and devices are ready to move out of the niche and into the mainstream. And as consumers add more devices to the network, the ability to use voice commands to actively manage an IoT network will be critical.2
Voice assistants (personal assistants) will improve and become more commonplace. These technologies will soon allow for more natural speech interaction, and therefore a much wider range of new uses.3
Greater emphasis will be placed on integrating appliances with open platforms, such as Wink and Amazon Alexa. The market is likely to work toward the open architectures currently available.3
From tracking patients to monitoring activities, elder care will be a big market for IoT medical devices. IoT devices will move beyond the traditional house, and expand to other locations that people call home.4

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